Cooper Foundation appoints former Jefferson Health exec as VP of advancement for corporate relations

The Cooper Foundation said it recently appointed Lisa Morina, a business executive with more than 20 years of experience in health care, government and community outreach, as vice president of advancement for corporate relations. Morina joins Cooper from Jefferson Health, where she served as a key member of the executive team, most recently as vice president of government and external relations.

Morina’s appointment is part of a planned expansion of the leadership team of the Cooper Foundation to support the growth of Cooper University Health Care and to meet the needs of the communities it serves. Earlier this month, the Cooper Foundation announced the appointment of Lois Gabin-Legato to the position of vice president of advancement for major gifts and planned giving.

“We are fortunate to have a leader such as Lisa join our high-powered team of fundraising professionals as Cooper continues to grow and expand as a leading academic health system in the region,” Philip Norcross, chairman of the Cooper Foundation board of trustees, said. “Lisa will play an important role in advancing the foundation’s goal of creating strong relationships with companies who share our vision of a stronger and healthier region.”

Morina served with Jefferson Health since 2013 in a variety of leadership roles, including change management, cultural transformation, marketing and external communications as the health system (formerly Kennedy Health System) merged with Thomas Jefferson University/Jefferson Health of Philadelphia. Previously, Morina was director of economic and business development for the Gloucester County government, responsible for business growth, cultivating job creation and retention, tourism, block grants and workforce development activities, among other duties.

“We welcome Lisa to the Cooper Foundation. Her extensive leadership, experience and knowledge in the health care, business and government sectors right here in the South Jersey community will be an asset to the Cooper Foundation as we support the health system’s growth,” Robert Ortiz Jr., senior vice president and chief philanthropy officer of the Cooper Foundation, said.